On Being Sub-Contextual
Sub-contextual. I am pretty sure I just made that word up. I may have stolen it from someone smarter, but I don’t remember doing so, so I am claiming it as my own.
But, I think that’s the best way to describe our church, The Well. You see, we are a church in the heart of suburbia and, well, we aren’t very contextual for this culture.
We’re not really very refined. We meet in an ugly warehouse (at least on the outside). We don’t cater to consumer mentality very well (we somehow miss the church-shopper circuit in Bucks County). We don’t have a super polished worship service (though it is awesome) and we certainly don’t have slick bulletins.
You see, people who find a home at The Well are usually the people who don’t quite fit in suburbia. We generally are a haven for artists, creative types and people who are not satisfied with the consumer driven, fast-paced, disconnected lifestyle that suburbia is usually defined by.
Really we’re contextual to the sub-culture of suburbia.
I like to call that “sub-contextual.”
Great, just what we need, another snobby, missional church term…